Posted by ORWO North America on January 27, 2016
"KISS ME GOODBYE"
We open with Lux, a religious martyr in transit to receive a near-certain death sentence. At the gates of the courthouse, he is escorted through a mob of people. A young girl catches Lux’s attention. He knows her, possibly a disciple, but doesn’t let it show.
Lux is led into an empty courtroom by two guards, where he is shackled before a judge’s bench. He holds a red marble, a symbolic religious artifact (enacting as symbolic identity). The Judge, our manifestation of supreme authority, looks down upon Lux. At first he toys with him, mocking him for his culture and beliefs. When Lux continues to oppose him through his passive indifference, the Judge sentences him to death.
Lux is stripped down, hosed off, and shaven bald. He is wheeled, still wet, into a banquet hall. There he is greeted by voices, laughter, and further ridicule; but there is no identifiable movement to the people who do so. These people are nothing more than mannequins—shells of humanity, who have no personality or identity. As he is wheeled towards a door where he is to be executed, he notices the girl from earlier. He lets his red marble fall to the floor and roll into the shadows. He is then wheeled into the room where he is executed.
In the Judge’s quarters, we can hear the cheers and applause from the banquet hall. The Judge is looking out the window, not particularly drawn to the execution. A guest enters and asks him why he is not celebrating. The Judge questions the State’s true nature and reasoning behind their repressionof cultural/religious identity, which further delves into existential thought. The guest is appalled by the Judge’s thoughts.
We shift to the girl leaving the courthouse with the Judge’s words as abackdrop. The girl makes her way from the courthouse to the slums. At first she is followed by authority figures, but she escapes them and comes to an old garage. There, she is greeted by a select few in prayer. She kneels and presents the red marble. Subsequently, they place a red cloak over her shoulders and wreath upon her head, with the Judge talking of religion as an epidemic that can spread like fire.
We are then brought back to the Judge who pulls a red marble from his pocket, observing it in wonder.